The club’s budget is limited but it would have been a lot worse if the team had not won any title. For winning the Champions League trophy, the players, in total, is rumoured to receive a €16 million bonus on top of the one they got for winning the League title (which is also around €16 million). While the amount seems ludicrous, FC Barcelona is actually making a profit off the win. It is set to receive a total of €30.7 million prize money from UEFA including €9 million for clinching the champion’s medal, according to ‘El Periodico’ today.
As the club, under the direction of new president Sandro Rosell, will not be announcing the bonuses given to players – as opposed to the former board – an estimation as to what the team is getting this year is based on what they received in 2009 after the Rome final. (€15.5 million).
The amount is not evenly spread among the squad members as it is believed Messi and other senior players like Xavi and Andres Iniesta will pocket well over a million each, with fringe players earning around €100,000.
Meanwhile, according to a study done by Mastercard Heart of Sports Commerce, the winner of this year’s UEFA Champions League final, FC Barcelona, will enjoy a record economic windfall of around €126 million [in total] – a €16 million surge compared to when the two teams last met in Rome in 2009 – through a combination of official prize money, an increase in player’s value, enhanced television and media rights and greater brand-name equity [value].
“Manchester United FC versus FC Barcelona is the dream final as far as most football fans are concerned,” said Professor Simon Chadwick, author of the report, “but the English and Spanish champions are two of the most successful teams off the pitch too. They will collectively scoop €200 million [Manchester United to garner €73 million as losing finalist], making this the most lucrative final in European club football’s history.”
The high estimation values that the MasterCard report gave are down to the strong brand value of the two clubs itself with Forbes magazine listing Manchester United FC as the most valuable sports brand on the planet, while FC Barcelona claimed eighth spot in the league table last year.